Syracuse Orange Basketball Tickets
The Schedule in 2013-2014
Coming out of an offseason of change, the
#8 ranked Syracuse Orange find themselves in unfamiliar territory after leaving the Big East and moving to the Atlantic Coast
Conference (ACC) for the 2013-2014 season. After a run to the Final Four last season, the Orange have left behind old rivals
to play in a conference with existing rivalries like the University of North Carolina and Duke, the Orange are looking to
make a splash in their new conference right off the bat.
As they start their non conference schedule, the Orange begin
with seven straight homes games, an amazing opportunity to see your favorite team live. Catch the Orange match up against
the Indiana Hoosiers at the Carrier Dome on December 3, one of the best games of the preseason on anyones schedule. The Hoosiers
made a return to the top of the rankings last year and was the third highest scoring team in the country averaging a whopping
80 points per game. This matchup of two of the most storied basketball programs is one that no basketball fan should miss.
Orange can make an instant impression in their new conference on opening night when they host the Miami Hurricanes, who topped
the ACC a year ago. Syracuse fans know that a win over Miami on January 3 could be one of the biggest wins of the year for
the ACC newcomers. The Hurricanes only lost 3 games in the ACC last year, one less than Duke for the top spot. Jim Boeheim's
crew lost three contributing members of last years Final Four squad, but are hoping that their newcomers will keep the Orange
right where they left off.
One game that all college basketball fans should keep their eye on is the match up of the
Orange against their new ACC rivals, the Duke Blue Devils. The start of what will be years and years of tough games between
these two elite programs with national championship pedigree, takes place at the Carrier Dome on February 1. This game should
be circled on your calendar as one of the can't miss games of the season. The Blue Devils come into the 2013-2014 season ranked
#4, so a victory for the Orange could mean a lot come the end of the season.
the Syracuse Orange have been one of the elite teas in the Big East Conference, winning 34 conference championships, 5 Final
Four appearances and 1 National Championship. Now, effective this season, they move to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC),
no longer matching up against old rivals like University of Connecticut or Georgetown, but now facing heavyweights like Duke,
North Carolina and Virginia. The ACC is consistently one of the toughest conferences in the NCAA, with Duke and North Carolina
as two of the top programs in the country. In 2014-2015, the current National Champion Louisville Cardinals will also join
the ACC. With the addition of Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, the ACC has returned to glory and should be
considered the elite conference in the country.
One of the unfortunate parts of conference realignment
is the breakup of some of college basketball's most storied rivalries. Nowhere is this more apparent than the breakup of the
original Big East, splitting up long time, intense rivalries like Syracuse vs Connecticut, St Johns vs Syracuse and Georgetown
vs Miami. The ACC is well versed in rivalries, housing on of the best rivalries in any sport, Duke vs North Carolina. As Syracuse
enters the ACC, they will be matched up against the Pittsburgh Panthers, a rivals in the Big East that is also making the
jump to the ACC. The Panthers have been quite dominant in the Big East over the last decade and Syracuse will try to improve
on their 4-10 record against the Panthers over the last decade.
Everyone knows that regardless of what conference they
are in that the Syracuse Orange's biggest rival is the Georgetown Hoyas. For decades, these two elite teams have squared off
year after year in the Big East and there is certainly no love lost between teams and fanbases. The fans for both of these
squads travel well, so each matchup is intense and hard fought. Basketball fans all over the country hope these two teams
meet again soon, and just to fan the flame, hopefully it will be in the NCAA Tournament.
Syracuse Orange men's basketball team is one of the most storied programs in college basketball. With 36 years under current
head coach Jim Boeheim, the Orange have known incredible successes and seem to be in the mix year after year. With 5 trips
to the Final Four in the program's history, with 4 trips coming under Boeheim, the Orange finally broke through in 2002-2003
with the programs's only National Championship. Syracuse went 30-5 that season, even losing in the semi-finals of the Big
East Tournament. They were ready, though, when the NCAA Tournament came around, led by the tournament's MVP Carmelo Anthony.
The team was unranked heading into their championship season, but rookie sensations Anthony and Gerry McNamara proved to be
just want the Orange needed to get the long sought after championship.
What is so special
about the Orange's home court?
The Syracuse Orange play in the Carrier Dome, which is the largest collegiate dome in
the country. The Orange basketball team shares the space with the football and lacrosse teams as well. Because of the size
of the Carrier Dome, the Syracuse Orange basketball team home games can hold up to 30,000 screaming fans, which is quite a
formidable home field advantage.